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Greatness, mishaps and a Hollywood ending in the Domain 

The new year was welcomed in style at the Domain on New Year's Day as Field Day returned for its 11th year. The sun was out in force along with thousands of music fans and revellers still partying on from the night before – and there was music to match. 
The line-up was huge, and diverse. Coolio – that now 49-year-old '90s hip-hop icon – and his trademark hair lit up the Island Stage with saxophonist Jarez by his side. The rapper spat through his back catalogue and pointed out girls in the crowd, telling them what he would do to them if they were his girl. The finale was approproate: a series of gunshots (over the speakers; not real ones, don’t worry) led the man and his crew to shout ‘Get Down’ and run off the stage before police sirens led to a return to the stage for ‘Gangsta’s Paradise’. 
Krafty Kuts v A-Skillz's mash-up skills were on show at the Centre Field as they worked their way through classics from the past two decades, with everyone from Run DMC to Michael Jackson getting a look in.
There were laughs too. The Bondi Hipsters kept things interesting in between acts at the Island Stage with their "amaze-balls" comedy and short DJ sets. And Booka Shade led the crowd into an afternoon frenzy. The German house duo performed live as fans went crazy for ‘Body Language’ and ‘Charlotte’. But they were outshone by Swedish electro-pop duo Icona Pop.
The lovely ladies faced early sound difficulties but went on to get the crowd going like few others on the day. ‘Ready for the Weekend’ and ‘Night Like This’ provided the perfect sound for the summer and obvious closer, ‘I Love It’, went down as expected: huge thronging mass, hands up, "I love it" chants all round. 
Disappointment came in the form of Hot Chip's set. The Brits left many fans glum – temporarily, it would turn out – after their set was reduced to a DJ-set due to equipment lost on the way to Sydney from Falls Festival. The DJ set healed some sores but that overall disappointment from fans and Hot Chip themselves was left hanging in the air like a bad smell.
But Hot Chip's loss was Van She’s gain as much of the crowd relocated to the Island Stage. And the local boys did not disappoint – their Modular-signature electro-indie pop was just what the doc ordered on a sun-flecked and sweaty day like this. Django Django proved one of the best acts of the day too with an impressive set that ended with 'Default'. 
Opening with ‘Sleep Alone’, Two Door Cinema Club had the crowd singing along to every word throughout their impressive set. The Irish indie lads have really struck a vein, that rare set of upstarts able to produce a huge list of sing-a-long tracks in just two albums. ‘Something Good Can Work’, accompanied by an impressive light show, was a definite stand-out before the guys closed with ‘What You Know’.
Mark Ronson opened his DJ set with ‘Bang Bang Bang’ before introducing a bit of Tame Impala into the mix. Spank Rock declared that his New Year’s resolution is to ‘Fuck shit up” as he joined Ronson on stage for ‘The Bike Song’ before Miike Snow’s Andrew Wyatt lent his vocals for ‘Somebody to Love’ and ‘Valerie’.
There was good news at the end: Hot Chip returned to the stage to for a 30-minute live set to make up for earlier disappointments. The brief set was definitely the most memorable 30 minutes of the day – a perfect Hollywood ending tor a killer day in the sun. 

Field Day 2013 was held at the Domain Wed Jan 1 2013.

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Updated on 5 Jan 2013.

By Jamie Cockburn   |  

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